Anticipatory and reflex coactivation of antagonist muscles in catching

Francesco Lacquaniti, Claudio Maioli

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Reflex and anticipatory coactivation of antagonist muscles is demonstrated to occur when human subjects catch a ball. Amplitude and time course of the electromyographic (EMG) responses are strongly modulated by the presence of visual information. It is argued that these responses are centrally preset to stabilize the limb after ball impact.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-378
Number of pages6
JournalBrain Research
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 17 1987


  • Adaptation
  • Antagonist coactivation
  • Anticipation
  • Catching
  • Stretch reflex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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